r46, this is r35, did I screw up a pronoun? I know Marion was a woman. Knew her in fact.
I completely agree with R49 Mary was great and her death untimely.
r48, what you write is true to some extent, however a casting director who is willing to fight for someone they believe in can make the difference. Some are glorified gatekeepers but some are determined advocates for actors and they are the ones who really help the business.
Nepotism in our business is HUGE. I can sell a client on lineage or connections to power quicker than any other factor except for outstanding beauty and sexual charisma.
I think it is obvious but it is worth pointing out that producers are tripping over themselves to hire Meryl Streep's daughters not because they have any native talent but because they know that if they hire the daughter of a bankable actress, they have made inroads to the bankable actress appearing in a project they might have.
Those young ladies are represented by their mother's agent, Kevin Huvane who makes damn sure those girls get work. He doesn't have to try that hard for the reasons stated.
I mean no disrespect to either of Meryl's daughters when I say that without their mothers name looming they would have a hard time getting a meeting with even the smallest of agencies.
Getting them auditions would be nearly impossible as they have nothing sell-able about them apart from being Meryl Streep's kids.
There have always been lists, btw, r49, everyone in this business makes lists, corporations always make lists. Marion was given lists that she ripped up and did her own thing. NOBODY does that today so blatantly but a smart casting director can sell an actor in the right circumstance.
And yes, many CD's think way too highly of themselves already and they have been pushing for this award for decades.
Risa Bramon used to wine about it endlessly to me in the 80's.